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Presentation manuscript booklet presented - FIRST WORLD WAR] CLAYTON, Reverend P - 1931. 
London 1931 - Manuscript album measuring 188 x 138 mm., bound in full polished calf, spine gilt with raised bands, boards embossed and decorated in gilt, dentelles, edges gilt; silk endpapers. In 1915 a soldier's rest centre was opened at Poperinghe, Belgium. It was named Talbot House in memory of Gilbert Talbot who had been killed at Hooge. The founders, Gildert's elder brother and the Rev. Philip Clayton (Tubby) ensured soldiers, regardless of rank, were welcome. This is a presentation manuscript booklet presented to a cherished member of the fellowship at the time of his marriage. Accordingly, the ornamental title-page is dedicated as follows: 'Joseph Forrester. To "The Skipper" on the occasion of his marriage May 1931?From many scattered friends in Toc H.'The Toc H movement took its name from an abbreviation for Talbot House and Toc signifying the letter T in the British Army signals alphabet. The association developed as an interdenominational Christion social service based on friendship, service, fairmindedness and the Kingdom of God. These became the "Four Points of the Toc H compass. Throughout the 1920s the movement grew not only in Great Britain but also Australia.The frontispiece shows the coat of arms of Lancaster and crests Blackpool, Preston, Fleetwood and Morecambe The illuminated address is to Joseph Forrester "The Skipper" on his marriage in May 1931. However, from the pencil correction to the date, it appears he was actually married in April. The address continues 'he has built bravely in the past: we cannot imagine but that he will build bravely in the future. From many scattered friends in Toc H."Thirteen pages of autograph signatures follow, with the first two pages carrying amongst others those of Philip Clayton, alias Tubby and Hugh F. Sawbridge alias Sawbones who had also been a chaplain in World War 1. Each page is bordered with the Toc H symbol of the Lamp of Maintenance as each corner. Loosely inserted are two letters to Forrester dated 13 February 1925. One on TOC H letterhead in typescript is from the Assistant General Secretary complimenting him on the formation of the Lancaster group. The other is from Barclay Barron apologising at having to cancel his visit at short notice.The life of Joseph Forrester remains opaque, nonetheless the high quality of the binding and quality of the illumination reflect the high esteem of those who shared his commitment to Toc H. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
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